Can your nonprofit meet these special interests?

Charitable people have established endowments to address specific concerns or interests. We welcome applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving residents of South Hampton Roads according to the Eligibility Requirements and Application Deadlines, unless otherwise noted. While most special interest grants have an October 1 deadline, there are a few applications that are due on a different date. 

The current nine areas of interest are below. 

Abuse Survivors: Sue Cook Winfrey Fund

The Sue Cook Winfrey Fund supports organizations that provide services to abused children and adults. The fund shows preference for residential facilities for children. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $200,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

Community Leadership Partners Fund

The Community Leadership Partners, an active giving group affiliated with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, awards annual grants in a specific focus area. The grant deadline occurred in May 2019.

For 2019 the Partners will fund nonprofit organizations working to either:

  • Intervene or reconnect disconnected youth, who are between the ages of 16 and 24 or
  •  Prevent disconnection among middle school or high school students. Grant applications are requested for programs that address youth who are at risk for or are experiencing:
  • Homelessness and/or foster care
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse and/or human trafficking
  • Mental health/behavioral health issues and/or drug abuse
  • Involvement in the juvenile justice system

Applicants should explain how the program for which funding is sought addresses one or more of the following:

  • Workforce training and/or employment placement
  • Mental/behavioral health services
  • Drop-out prevention and academic success
  • Temporary shelter and.or permanent housing opportunities
  • Independent living services for older youth

Programs must measure outcomes and have a plan for program sustainability beyond the grant year. There is a preference for applicants who:

  • Collaborate with other organizations to reduce duplication of services
  • Use innovative methods incorporation evidence-based best practices

Geographic Area
The Partners will accept grant applications from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that provide program services within any of the five major cities of South Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk or Virginia Beach).

Community Leadership Partner Grants
The Partners anticipate awarding grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000. The Partners reserve the right to award both smaller and larger grants. Applicants may be contacted by a member of the Partners to set-up a site visit over the summer.

Note: Only one grant application from any eligible nonprofit organization will be accepted.

Eligible Organizations

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations serving clients within at least one of the following cities: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk or Virginia Beach and
  • Organizations having an established track record of service of at least one year as evidenced by the filing of an IRS Form 990.

Eligibility Restrictions
The Partners will NOT fund the following:

  • Support for specific individuals
  • Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions

  • Deficit funding

  • Lobbying to influence legislation

  • Religious activities

  • Multi-year grant requests

Note: Public schools are not eligible to apply for funding, but may participate in partnerships with a nonprofit applicant sponsoring programs to benefit public school students.

Read the full guidelines

Grant recipients will be announced in September.

Developmental Disabilities: Laura Turner Fund and the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund

The Laura Turner Fund and the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund support organizations and programs that help people with disabilities live better lives. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,000. Applications are due October 1. Proposals will only be considered for programs providing services to adults with cerebral palsy or training to those with intellectual disabilities.

Apply online or preview the application questions

The Nightingale Fund

At this time we are no longer accepting applications for the Nightingale Fund. The Fund was originally established to support faith community nursing programs in Hampton Roads. It has provided $32,370 in grants to 24 different houses of worship to conduct a broad range of programs to improve people’s health through their faith community. With the evolution of faith community nursing, the community foundation and Nightingale donors are reassessing how future funds will be distributed to the community to make this region a better place. If you have any questions, please contact Vivian Oden.

History of the Nightingale Fund

The Saunders established the Nightingale Fund in 2004 in memory of Susan’s parents, Franklin and Katherine Friend. Franklin volunteered with the mental health system in Virginia Beach after retiring from the Ford Motor Company. Katherine volunteered with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for more than 25 years. Milton Saunders, M.D., is a retired physician who volunteers in disaster preparedness and response. Susan Saunders, R.N.,is a Faith Community Nurse. The Saunders live in Chesapeake. 

Past Nightingale Fund Grants


  • First Baptist Church of Norfolk - to buy two automatic external defibrillators       
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry - to buy medical supplies and equipment 
  • Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach - to buy items to support the health and wellness program


  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry - to buy medical supplies and equipment  
  • First Baptist Church of Norfolk - to buy an automatic external defibrillator


  • Union Mission Ministries - to buy Blood Glucose Monitors and Test Strips  
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry - for health screenings                               
  • Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach - to start a grief recovery group  
  • Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano - to buy automatic external defibrillator supplies and training materials
  • St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Williamsburg - to design and implement a walking program


  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry - for the health ministry 
  • Union Mission Ministries - to buy medical supplies for the Wellness program
  • Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach -  for the Faith Community Coordinator Course
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hampton - to purchase an automatic external defibrillator


  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry - to buy supplies and CPR, first aid, and automatic external defibrillator course materials
  • Union Mission Ministries - to buy glucometer test strips for the Wellness program


  • Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown – for a faith community outreach program
  • Union Mission Ministries – to buy medical supplies for a wellness program
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry – to buy supplies and CPR, first aid and automatic external defibrillator course materials
  • Calvary Revival Church, Norfolk – for the healthy community project
  • New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ in Virginia Beach – for the faith community nursing program


  • First Lutheran Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program
  • Squires Memorial Presbyterian Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program
  • St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program


  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hampton -- to upgrade an automatic external defibrillator
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry -- for lab supplies and first aid training
  • Immanuel Baptist Church in Chesapeake -- for supplies and CPR training materials.

Horticultural Education: Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Gary Savage Fund

The Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund supports organizations that promote horticulture education. The fund has a preference for the Fred Heutte Center, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoo. Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

Mental Health Research: Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown Funds

The Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown funds support organizations conducting mental health research to help people lead better lives. Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

Peninsula Activities: Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund and Mary E. & Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund

The Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund helps high schools on the Virginia Peninsula. The Mary E. and Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund supports arts and humanities activities on the Virginia Peninsula. Grants range from $1,000 to $1,200 for arts and $10,000 to $25,000 for high schools. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

Pianos: E.K. Sloane Piano Fund

The E. K. Sloane fund provides grants to help nonprofit organizations purchase or repair pianos – primarily those for public performance. Preference is given to nonprofit organizations in Hampton Roads. Grants range from $5,000 to $75,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

About the Fund and past recipients

Since 1997 the E.K. Sloane Fund has provided more than $4 million to purchase or restore more than 128 pianos for more than 90 venues at nonprofit organizations or schools. Several nonprofits have received more than one Sloane piano over the years.

Grants come from a bequest from the late E.K. Sloane, who grew up in Norfolk. He was an engineer who loved piano music but did not play the instrument himself. He anonymously bought pianos for nonprofit organizations during his lifetime. When he died in 1997 at age 90, he entrusted the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to continue his passion.

Recipients of Sloane piano grants

  • Academy of Music
  • Arts Enter Cape Charles
  • Bethel Baptist Church of Yorktown*
  • Boys Choir of Hampton Roads
  • Bruton Parish Church*
  • Chesapeake Bay Academy
  • Chesapeake Public Schools (for Indian River Middle School)
  • Chincoteague Arts League
  • Chincoteague Island Arts Organization
  • Christopher Newport University
  • City of Newport News (for the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center)
  • The College of William & Mary
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Community Alliance for the Performing Arts 
  • Crispus Attucks Cultural Center
  • Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • First Presbyterian Church of Hampton*
  • Freemason Street Baptist Church*
  • Governor’s School for the Arts
  • Great Bridge Presbyterian Church*
  • Hampton Arts Foundation for The American Theatre
  • Hampton Roads Academy
  • Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus
  • Hampton University
  • The Hermitage Foundation Museum & Gardens
  • Hidenwood Presbyterian Church*
  • The Hurrah Players
  • Isle of Wight Arts League
  • Isle of Wight County Public Schools (for Smithfield High School)
  • Jewish Museum and Cultural Center
  • Larchmont United Methodist Church*
  • Little Theatre of Norfolk
  • New Hope Christian Community Center
  • New Life Community Development Center
  • Newport News Public Schools for Menchville High School
  • Norfolk Academy
  • Norfolk Public Schools (for Academy of International Studies at Rosemont, Booker T. Washington High School, Campostella Elementary School, Granby High School, Lake Taylor High School, Lindenwood Elementary School, Maury High School, Northside Middle School, Oceanair Elementary School and Ruffner Academy)
  • Norfolk State University
  • Ohef Sholom Temple*
  • Old Dominion University
  • Opera in Williamsburg 
  • People’s Place
  • Portsmouth Public Schools (for Churchland High School, Park View Elementary School, Victory Elementary School, Westhaven Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson High School)
  • Randolph College
  • Rappahannock Concert Association
  • Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church*
  • Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
  • Slover Library Foundation
  • Smithfield Little Theater
  • Southampton County Public Schools (for several schools)
  • Stepping Out Productions
  • Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
  • Suffolk Public Schools (for Nansemond River High School)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College Foundation
  • Tidewater Community College Foundation (for the Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk and the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church*
  • United Jewish Federation of Tidewater*
  • Village at Woods Edge
  • Virginia Arts Festival
  • Virginia Ballet Theatre
  • Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra (Symphonicity)
  • Virginia Children’s Chorus
  • Virginia Chorale
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Virginia Musical Theatre
  • Virginia Opera
  • Virginia Regional Ballet
  • Virginia Stage Company
  • Virginia Symphony
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Wakefield Foundation Center for the Arts 
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (for Warhill High School)
  • Williamsburg Players
  • Williamsburg Symphonia
  • York County Public Schools (for Grafton High School, Tabb High School and York High School)
  • York County School of the Arts
  • Zeider's American Dream Theatre

*Religious organizations must use pianos for public performances. 

Youth Baseball and Softball: Dal Paull Fund

The Dal Paull Fund supports youth baseball and softball programs. Grants pay for equipment, uniform and capital improvements. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Apply online or review a sample application

Past recipients


  • Ocean View Little League - for materials to build dug outs, new catchers gear and helmets and special balls for Challenger League

  • Bennetts Creek Baseball Association - for fence repairs in the pitchers area and first base line

  • Aid Another

    for adaptive equipment


  • Shore Little League - to update and replace equipment (bases, bleachers, batting cage or L-screen protectors) 



  • Cradock Little League - for uniforms and equipment
  • Deep Creek Baseball Association - for uniforms and equipment


  • Suffolk Youth Athletic Association - to buy breakaway bases
  • Shore Little League - to buy bleachers and anchors


  • Boys Baseball of Lynnhaven – for field lighting repairs
  • Chesapeake Youth Sports – for uniforms


  • Bennetts Creek Little League – for uniforms
  • Fleet Park Little League – for breakaway bases
  • Ocean View Little League – for equipment and gear for a Challenger league
  • Portsmouth Schools Foundation – for field repair at Churchland High School for Churchland Little League use


  • Cradock Little League – for equipment


  • Hampton Wythe Little League – to expand the concessions stand and announcer's booth
  • Kempsville Pony Baseball – for jerseys
  • Maury Baseball Club – to replace dugouts
  • Plaza Little League  for uniforms


  • Azalea Little League – for helmets
  • Cradock Little League – to buy helmets and bats
  • Fleet Park Little League – for catchers' equipment


  • Westmoreland Children and Youth Association – for baseball uniforms
  • Windsor Athletic Association – for fence improvements